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Meant to be my last bigger trip within the Borders of the Peoples Republic I happened to visit the Ancient Capital City Xi’an followed by an old town hopping in the very south west of China called Yunnan Province. The trip ought to last 10 days before we came back to Shanghai on the 25th January. It was a quite important day for the Chinese as it marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox and therefore the start of Chinese New Year itself. Coincidently I’m born in the year of the ox which returns every 12 years, as there are 12 different Chinese zodiac signs.

So Felix, the other Austrian from Vienna EBA, Greg and David, two Belgiums, and me went to Xi’an first of all to see the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors that had been discovered by local people during digging a well. Although it was really impressive I expected slightly too much of it. Nevertheless we spent two nice sightseeing days there fully packed with Chinese tradition and characteristics. It was remarkable that somehow all of us had the feeling that the Chinese language was easier understandable in Xi’an in comparison to Shanghai where the local dialect sometimes is giving us a hard time.

terra cotta army西安 (Xi’an)

Additionally the dumplings there were 很好吃 (very delicious) owing to being Xi’an’s most famous culinary output. On Sunday evening we took the plane to Kunming serving as the capital city of Yunnan province which’s south-western part counts to the Mekong region.

昆明 (Kunming)

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Dali 大理

As Kunming only served as a hub for us in order to reach the northern located old towns, the Belgium- (in the meantime expanded by Chloe and Laure) and the Austrian crew left to Dali by bus after having spent only one night in Kunming.

erhai lake

大理 (Dali)

The upcoming two days were really enjoyable as on the first day we went to a huge waterfall on horsebacks (a rather new experience to me 😉 and explored the local Erhai lake by bikes on the next day.

Several little villages gave way to the quite stretched lake which was a great experience for all of us.

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